Hear individuals sharing their own experiences of caring for a person with dementia alongside professionals giving a range of practical advice talks.

As well as talks from carers and persons with dementia, you will hear expert presentations on a range of topics including nutrition, personal budgets, paying for care, Mental Capacity Act and research.

View the 2017 programme below

10.20 – 10.45Top tips for communicating with people with dementia.Raj Kapoor, Head of External Training and Consultancy and Sue Brewin, Trainer. Alzheimer’s Society
10.50 – 11.2020 common myths about funding. “I’m going to have to sell mums house to pay for her care---its so unfair, what else can I do?”…..lots!David Steene, Director of Steene Law Partnership Ltd
11.25 – 11.50Managing Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of dementia- an interactive surgery. Almost everyone with dementia will experience behavioural and psychological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, hallucinations, apathy and aggression. These often cause distress for the individual and their carers. This interactive surgery, with an expert on dementia care, will explore ways to help these symptomsDr James Warner, Medical Director, Halcyon Doctors
12.00 – 12.30Reviewing and reducing anti psychotics in care homes This session will describe how Four Seasons use technology to ensure safe and effective review of antipsychotics. We also explore the idea that reduction in antipsychotics in isolation is not enough. There needs to be equal focus on positive resident experiences that support well-being through non pharmacological approaches to care.Dr Claire Royston, Group Medical Director and Colin Sheeran, Lead Dementia Facilitator, Four Seasons Health Care
13.40 – 14.00Andy’s dad, David, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2004 at 66 years of age. Today, he lives in a care home and is non-verbal. Seeing his father’s condition deteriorate has prompted Andy to raise awareness about the need for research into dementia.Andy Watts, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion
14.10 – 14.40Physical Health and dementia, delirium and pain. In 2017 the RCN implemented a project to raise awareness of the physical cost of “delirium”. If treated quickly those with a diagnosis of dementia avoid the increased confusion and agitation that comes with a delirium. But how do we spot it and what should we do to reduce the possibility of an infection? In this presentation we look at the signs and symptoms of delirium and what we can do to avoid it, and talk about the importance of fluid and diet.Rikki Lorenti, Admiral Nurse, SweetTree Home Care Services
14.50 – 15.10Rosemary’s husband, John, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) at just 46. He is now in his seventies and lives in a care home and needs 24-hour attention. Rosemary wants to raise awareness about FTD and the need for research into the condition.Rosemary Westwell, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion
15.15 – 15.45Eating difficulties and dementia - practical approaches. Links between nutrition and dementia are known to pre-date diagnosis, and as the disease progresses, eating difficulties can make eating enough a challenge for both the person with dementia and their carers. Alison Smith, Prescribing Support Consultant Dietitian, Herts Valleys CCG and Chair, British Dietetic Association Older People Specialist Group
15.50 – 16.20Health information and getting involved in research. Katie will discuss the range of health information Alzheimer’s Research UK produces about dementia and the diseases that cause it. She will also talk about how you can get involved in dementia research.Katie Palmer, Information Officer, Alzheimer’s Research UK
10.40 – 11.10 How to meet the needs of younger people living with dementia. People with young onset dementia often experience a more rapid decline in cognition and quality of life at a time when they may otherwise have expected to be in employment and to have an active social life. Lack of appropriate activities can result in an increase in social isolation, apathy and a decline in health. The same is true for family members.YPWD (Berkshire) CIO offers way to helpJacqui Hussey, Chair YPWD (Younger People with Dementia) Berkshire West and Caroline Blanchette (Banyan Care)
11.20 – 11.50Looking After Yourself. This session aims to help families to remain focused on the positives and enable families to develop a stronger sense of we CAN do this. Victoria will offer tips and advice on how to maintain your sense of self and your significant relationships so that the dementia is a part of your life and not all of your life. Victoria Lyons, Consultant Admiral Nurse, Dementia UK
12.00 – 12.20Trina is living with posterior cortical atrophy (PCA), which is a rare form of dementia that usually begins by affecting a person’s vision. Trina lives with her husband Graeme who is her main point of care and helps her to manage everyday tasks as they become increasingly difficult over time.Trina & Graeme, Alzheimer’s Research UK Champions
13.30 – 14.00Top 5 questions on the Admiral Nurses Dementia Helpline. This session will cover some of the main reasons why people may contact the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline, and will aim to provide suggestions and build awareness and about each topic: • How to obtain a diagnosis • Confusion about the term dementia and the different subtypes (vascular etc.) • Struggling with a lack of locally coordinated care • Lack of post diagnostic support • Future arrangements.Dave Bell, Admiral Nurse, Dementia Helpline, Dementia UK and Susan Drayton, Admiral Nurse, Helpline Clinical Lead, Dementia UK
14.05 – 14.35Meeting the sex and intimacy needs of people living with dementia in care homes.Beverley Page-Banks, Programme Development Manager, Alzheimer's Society, Innovation Team
14.40 – 15.10Medicines prescribed for dementia. Supporting individuals and carers with the how, why and when of medicines in dementia care.Anne Child MBE, Pharmacist and Dementia Specialist Lead at Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
15.15 – 15.45Ways to pay for care and your legal documents. Mel will discuss the different ways of paying for care, implications for the estate and how having the right legal documents in place makes things easier.Mel Kenny, Later Life Financial Adviser, Radcliffe & Newlands